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Botanical Illustration Exhibition Showcases Local Artists at Texas Discovery Gardens

White Flower by Julio Suarez

White Flower by Julio Suarez

There’s still time to come out and see Texas Discovery Gardens’ latest art exhibit, which ends April 24. Earth, Petal, Wing showcases the interpretation of natural subject matter by Cynthia Padilla and Julio Suarez, Texas-based artists who share a passion for nature and the natural sciences and an appreciation for the fragility and simple beauty found in nature.

Using varied artistic tools, Padilla and Suarez present paintings, drawings and prints based on direct observation of natural science subjects. These include seashells, flowers, feathers and insects taken from nature journals, notebook sketches, plein air renderings and personal photography. The works are naturalistic, realistic and stylized and demonstrate the versatility of the creativity of the two artists and their respective approaches to self-expression.

Butterfly and Orchid by Cynthia Padilla

Butterfly and Orchid by Cynthia Padilla

Cynthia Padilla is an international botanical artist and natural science illustrator.

Do you want to learn how to create your own botanical art and travel at the same time? Cynthia Padilla leads a botanical painting class in Guatemala March 31 through April 9. Find details here: The class is not affiliated with Texas Discovery Gardens, but we encourage you to see her work in person at the gardens and then enjoy a creative vacation!

Julio Suarez is a visual artist and art educator with an interest in botany and the natural sciences.

The exhibition is curated by Janet Reynolds.

The current exhibit runs through April 24, 2011. Texas Discovery Gardens admission applies.

About Texas Discovery Gardens

Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park is a year-round organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. The new Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium unveils the fascinating lives of butterflies. The Gardens feature spectacular native and adapted plants grown using sustainable methods that conserve water and protect the environment. Our EarthKeepers® Children’s Education Program offers year-round outdoor education.

Texas Discovery Gardens is a nonprofit educational organization supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

White Flower by Julio Suarez

White Flower by Julio Suarez

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